These Bridges Of Time (2019)

by Dan Frechette



released May 3, 2019

Recorded and mixed on May 2, 2019 at The Shed in Bonny Doon, CA.

All songs by Dan Frechette except "You've Got Nothing On Me" by Dan Frechette/Tania Elizabeth. Copyright 2019 (All songs registered with SOCAN)

Dan Frechette - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo, Bass, Drums.

The recording of this album was inspired by "Cisco Houston Sings The Songs of Woody Guthrie."

Album cover photography by Donna Green.


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" of the best songwriters we've heard in a long time." - SingOut Magazine.

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Track Name: Dancing Wind
Dancing Wind

When everybody's walking out your door
and your luck seems to have really hit the floor
don't slow down when you're running away
but retrace your footsteps back again
to where you lived long time ago
where the stormy dancing wind blows

When you realize you're just another face in the crowd
but all your disfigured features stand out
your scars are only memories
of horrid days of being beat
where you lived long time ago
where the stormy dancing wind blows

When you're tired of always traveling east of Eden
and your existence relies on everything you do
don't fret now just let it show
your burden has been tightly sewn
on to your mind long time ago
where the stormy dancing wind blows.
Track Name: The Builder Song
The Builder Song

Build me a bridge that is made out of stones
so my weary feet can walk over the waters
Build me a bridge that leads to my home
and my weary feet can walk on

Build me a dam to save my homeland
over the hills to the cropland below
raise up the land so the water be dammed
and my weary feet can walk on

Build me a fence to shield off the wind
that whistles and groans when the thunder roars low
build me a fence to shield all within
and my weary feet can walk on

Build me a ladder so I can climb high
and admire the land when the days grows long
build me a ladder so I can dwell upon the stones
that my weary feet did walk on
that my weary feet did walk on
that my weary feet did walk on
Track Name: Radiance Of Glory
Radiance Of Glory

Radiance of glory stands in torrents of rain
over summits of mountains in the darkest of shade
flows a silent stream out of his heart and into his soul
where love has gone before and gathered yonder in the roads

In the black night over troubled water
he could not see too far beyond
despite his crippled eyes and frozen feet
he managed to disturb the dawn

His toll was taken the spell it was cast
When the sun would rise the eagles cry
he thought he would awaken but he thought too fast
a fate is truth and never lies

Weakened by winds of previous nights
he cried and wept among fellow dead
he gazed into the cold and motionless eyes
of the men whose regrets were left unsaid

He stood beyond this great black light
and beyond this light he could not see
then approached the hands of God
and he left behind his memory

Track Name: Song About Me
Song About Me

I want to sing you a song now
a song about me
just because I am lonely
and I only know me
my family is dead now
my friends have moved away
just say I'm a loner
not much else to say

I've got a lonely old bedroom
with dust on the floor
I've got a lonely old car
got nowhere to go
my family is dead now
my friends moved away
just say I'm a loner
not much else to say

I wish I had someone to sit in the sun with
or to go out dancing at night
or to watch all the games with and watch all the dames with
man I would have a fine time
but I'm just a loner
you'd probably agree
I'm no one's companion
my best friend is me

This song's almost done now
this song about me
if it's made you cry
I'm sorry you see
but when I sing my story
nobody comes near
to make me feel wanted
to wipe off my tears.

Track Name: Out In The Morning
Out In The Morning

Taking in the scenery traveling to the west coast
Riding in a Greyhound touring every one night stand
You might think that I'd forgotten you
but that wasn't my plan
I was thinking about dropping in just to see you again

Hey, hey look at the mountains don't they climb to the sky?
I was thinking about the ghost towns around I won't see when I go by
and I spend all my time talking to strangers I'll never know
I gotta pray for someone like you but I know you're at home.

I'm singing all night
just to keep my old mind sane
I'm singing all night
just to keep the dark away
and I hope out in the morning
I'm gonna see my friend again.

I bet all the folks on the bus are tired of me
but just a couple are singing along getting their kicks like me
and I hope you ain't forgotten me
because that ain't my plan
come watch me play another west coast one night stand.

Track Name: The Tour
The Tour

You can give me your hand
you can close your sad eyes
keep that lock of hair danging
from your small pocket chain
give regards to my friends
give a kiss to my cheek
and if you want me stay
at least I'm ready to leave

Show him our room
you can hold him so near
you go make him a meal
tell him I'm gone
you can passionately kiss
dance our jukebox all night
you can go and be happy
like the way we knew how

Show him the door
and you'll get my new postcard
I'm heading back from the tour
playing my heart out for you
I can come back unknowing
I can come back still hoping
I can give you my hand
I can close my sad eyes
Track Name: I Will
I Will

If I run into a hassle where I can't be freed
If I feel rather subdued or no one will help me
If I'm put on display where the people run free
I will fight I will fight I will fight

If somebody lands in trouble has a glint in their eye
if somebody is drowning and I know they may die
If someone is hurt and can't remember their name
I will save I will save I will save

When you have a problem I will settle you down
when you want comfort I will go the extra mile
when you know how it feels to be loved not enough
I will love I will Love I will love

If somebody is hungry and I'm full of food
If someone isn't busy and I have plenty to do
and if someone is sad and I'm in a happy mood
I will give I will give I will give
Track Name: Paradise

I've got nothing against dreaming
living dreams until they're true
I want to make you happy
because all this world makes you blue.

I've worked hard all of my lifetime
for all the things money won't buy
If your loving were a mansion
I'd always be in paradise.

Can't forget the stormy weather
slowing down the train we ride
and I know that you've seen better
but baby, that is why we try.


I want to love you in a new way
every day that I'm alive
I want to show you worlds you show me
just by staring in your eyes

Track Name: Leave Your Troubles Behind
Leave Your Troubles Behind

Leave your troubles behind and listen to my song
Leave your troubles behind and listen to my song
Leave your troubles behind and listen to my song
Don't tell me that your world's the only world that's going wrong.

There's war on the poor
war on the lonesome
war on the needy endless lines of children
war on greed
war on confusion
we're going to the commune start a revolution


California's falling in the sea
A bum on the corner starving because of me
and I'm sticking flowers in the guns
of every tall damn freak been coming around


We're gonna fight alone on no one we'll depend
because heaven ain't a bomb like the world wants to pretend
so for what we can defend
we'll find in our own way
this city dream will die in us
when we leave this little cage


It's not hard to turn away
from a life we've always known
someday the caveman spirit
will not be overthrown
because life gets lived alone
if you're fighting in a cage
walking on a treadmill
everyday to get rent paid.

Track Name: Colonel John
Colonel John

Colonel John and Corporal Ron played golf all summer that the war was on and now it's gone
Leaders we respected were elected and rejected all the marching songs
the government started doing their jobs and the wars were gone and everyone got three plates a day
they set up compost refuse toilets
started hemp farms and threw the national debt away.

They didn't want to end the world the government the government became our pals
big brother wasn't watching us he was winking at little brother's gal
nobody could tell what all that ancient old fuss and war was for
good thing there ain't no money now
because nobody is rich and nobody is poor.

Let the gas stations run dry
let's walk and meet some friends
let's shoot out all the TV's
stop eating all the trends
get to know all of the people
instead of hiding in a box
now that money is bullshit
I guess it's us who talks.

Colonel John and Corporal Ron ain't got no job but now they've got it paid
they got water supplied and food supplied to subsidise the sacrifices that they made
all the lawyers, men with hats, and dimplomats
have lost their islands in the sun
so the rest of us can farm the land and tear down the walls they built around everyone.

(chorus x3)
Track Name: You've Got Nothing On Me
You've Got Nothing On Me

Ooooh you've got nothing on me
ooooh you know it's plain to see
ooooh you've got nothing on me
and I've got nothing on you.

I went over very well
singing songs in that old hotel
it felt so good but could they tell
that I've got nothing on you


And my mama told my daddy
play guitar and I'll sing pretty
daddy told her "just sing it with me
because I've got nothing on you."


I got drunk the other day
when you went the other way
you told me you found a new place to stay
and that I've got nothing on you.


Goodbyes are funny when they make a lot of sense
If you think about it, baby, it's no accident
saying goodbye may be all that we meant
and I've got nothing on you


My side of the bed it sinks to the fllor
since I don't see you anymore
It don't matter where I've been before
Because I've got nothing on you.


Shoot me with your pistol and I'll shoot you with my gun
if we keep on going
it's gonna be fun
The further we get the more we'll get done
and I've got nothing on you.

Track Name: Ernie, The Volkswagen Driver
Ernie, The Volkswagen Driver

He's Ernie, the Volkswagen driver
the dude with the beard and the dreads
He's got conga drums and a pocket full of crumbs
and a song rolling around in his head.

Life's too short to be lonely
he made himself so many friends
from doctors to lawyers to Benny the bum
Life just never ends.


Everybody puts Ernie down
Because he lives in his Volkswagen bus
Because he is happy
the world it is jealous
and the cops made a hell of a fuss
They wrote up a rule for old Ernie
they called it a vagrancy charge
Ernie can't get away with nothing
because life has just got to be hard.


The moral of this story
The moral of this song
is the law will make an outlaw of someone
who's exactly where they belong.


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